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This Easy Low Carb Guacamole Recipe is bursting with flavor! It is creamy, spicy, tangy, and absolutely full of fresh flavor. Add this Mexican side dish as a topping on tacos, burritos, nachos, or salad bowls, spread it on a sandwich, or serve it as a dip with some veggies or chips.

Guacamole in a molcajete surrounded by tortilla chips and ingredients.

This post was originally published on May 17th, 2020.

Holy guacamole! This is the BEST guacamole recipe! It uses all fresh ingredients and the flavors are just dazzling, darling. Not only that, but it also fits your low-carb lifestyle perfectly, coming in at just 3g net carbs per serving. It can easily be made keto too – skip the onions and tomatoes for a 1.5g net carb per serving version!

🥑 What is guacamole?

Guacamole is a creamy avocado-based dip from Mexico. Traditional guacamole has simple ingredients: avocado and sea salt. If you haven’t tried a fresh avocado with a sprinkle of salt, I highly recommend it. Other Mexican recipes call for lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeños. It is made in a molcajete y tejolote (Mexican mortar and pestle) which is the way I made it for this recipe. Outside of Mexico, the US refers to it as “guac”, and often the Westernized recipes will call for ingredients like sour cream, basil, cheese, peaches, mangoes, corn, bacon, and strawberries.

This low-carb guacamole recipe leaves you with delicious, chunky guacamole. It’s perfect as a dip, spread, or topping all of your favorite Mexican dinners.

Chip lifting guacamole from a molcajete surrounded by tortilla chips and ingredients.

💚 Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy: All you have to do is chop a few ingredients and then mash everything together. Super simple.
  • Quick: Ready in 10 minutes (or less!)
  • Healthy: Avocados are a superfood! They are loaded with healthy fats and are so good for you. Paired with tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and jalapeños, this is a powerhouse of great nutrients.
  • Better than store-bought: Store-bought guacamoles that you find in grocery stores tend to have extra preservatives that are unnecessary. There are no strange ingredients in this healthy recipe!

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Avocado: The main ingredient! Raw, ripe avocados are full of healthy fats (monounsaturated fat) and nutrients. 100g of avocado (just over half of an average avocado) has 1.8g net carbs – perfect for the ketogenic diet.
  • Onion: I opted for red onion as I always have it on hand and it tastes lovely and sweet when it’s raw. White onions are a good substitute.
  • Jalapeño: Turn up the heat! You can substitute this ingredient for a little cayenne pepper or chile pepper if needed. 
  • Tomatoes: I just think juicy tomatoes go amazingly well in guacamole recipes. You can skip this ingredient to make it more low-carb if desired.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: For that citrusy zing we all love! Lemon juice is a great substitute if you don’t have lime on hand. Always opt for fresh lime (or lemon juice) from fruit when you can, as opposed to the juice you find in a plastic bottle.
  • Fresh cilantro: Adds freshness to the flavor.

🥣 How to make homemade guacamole

It’s really simple – here we go!

  1. Dice the onions, tomatoes, and chili pepper, and finely chop the cilantro.
  2. Add to a molcajete, mortar and pestle, or a large bowl, and also add the lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Peel and deseed avocados.
  4. Add them to the molcajete, mortar and pestle, or large bowl.
  5. Mash with a fork, large, rounded spoon, potato masher, or pestle/tejolote for about 1 minute, or until it reaches your preferred consistency.
  6. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper to taste, and serve.

🫙 Storage Instructions

Store any leftover guacamole in an airtight container with the seeds in the fridge for up to 3 days. The best way to keep it fresh is to squeeze lemon or lime juice over the mashed avocado and press plastic wrap over it.

💩 How do I keep guacamole from turning brown?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Don’t throw away the seeds! Keep them in with the guacamole to preserve the freshness.
  • Squeeze some extra lime juice over it before covering it with clingfilm/ plastic wrap to keep the air out, if you’re planning on keeping it in the fridge.
Guacamole in a molcajete surrounded by tortilla chips and ingredients.

❓ Can I make this into a keto guacamole recipe?

Sure! Guacamole is so easy to adapt to the keto diet. If you skip the red onion and tomatoes the recipe will go from 3 grams of net carbs per serving to 1.5g net carbs. You could maybe add a pinch of onion powder or garlic powder to boost the flavor. Feel free to add in some cream cheese, sour cream, or Greek yogurt to make this guacamole dip more creamy.

🍽️ Low-carb serving ideas

Fresh vegetables:

  • Cucumber sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • A few low carb tortilla chips
  • Keto tortilla chips
  • Low-carb chips/keto chips
  • Pork rinds
  • Keto crackers

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Guacamole in a molcajete surrounded by tortilla chips and ingredients.

Low Carb Guacamole Recipe

Bethany Galloway
This Easy Low Carb Guacamole Recipe is bursting with flavor! It is creamy, spicy, tangy, and absolutely full of fresh flavor. Add this Mexican side dish as a topping on tacos, burritos, nachos, or salad bowls, spread it on a sandwich, or serve it as a dip with some veggies or chips.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 avocados
  • 210 g cherry tomatoes about 12 or 13
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 good handful cilantro about 5g
  • 1/4 – 1/2 lime juiced to taste
  • 1/2 jalapeño or 1 small red chili see note 1
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder optional

Instructions
 

  • Dice the onions, tomatoes, and chili pepper, and finely chop the cilantro.
  • Add them to a molcajete, mortar, or a large bowl, and also add the lime juice, salt and pepper
  • Peel and deseed avocados.
  • Add them to the molcajete, mortar, or a large bowl.
  • Mash with a fork, large, rounded spoon, potato masher, or pestle/tejolote for about 1 minute, or until it reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Each pepper is different! Try adding a little at a time until you reach the amount of heat you like. You can also skip this ingredient if you don't like heat.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover guacamole in an airtight container with the seeds in the fridge for up to 3 days. The best way to keep it fresh is to squeeze lemon or lime juice over the mashed avocado and press plastic wrap over it to keep it from turning brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 206mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2g
Keyword avocado, avocado dip, avocado salsa, dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, mexican, paleo, party food, side dish, snack, whole30
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